Lucas I. Quass

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  • Elucas.quass@lw.com
  • 650 Town Center Drive
  • 20th Floor
  • Costa Mesa, CA 92626-1925
  • USA
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Profile

Lucas Quass is an associate in the Environment, Land & Resources Department of Latham & Watkins. He focuses his practice on environmental matters involving land use, development, and water resources.

Mr. Quass practices environmental law, with an emphasis on California land use, water law and policy, major infrastructure improvements, and state court writ of mandamus and similar litigation. He provides advice to lenders, private developers, corporations, government entities, and nonprofit organizations regarding water rights in groundwater and surface water systems and environmental matters related to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Coastal Act, the Subdivision Map Act, local planning, zoning, and historic preservation laws and California’s Prop 65.

Mr. Quass is also active in the firm’s pro bono program. He represents the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, a nonprofit organization in Laguna Beach, California, dedicated to the rescue, medical treatment, and rehabilitation of marine mammals stranded along the Orange County coastline, with obtaining land-use approvals for the development of its campus expansion project. 

During law school, Mr. Quass was a law clerk at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. He was also the executive senior editor of the Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice, as well as a USC Law and Mental Health Scholar at the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics, and he was a recipient of the Edward & Eleanor Shattuck Award for Outstanding Service to the USC Law Center. 

Experience

Mr. Quass’ experience includes the following: 

  • Representation of a large multi-residential property owner in the Antelope Valley Groundwater Basin Adjudication 
  • Representation of development projects in the California Coastal Zone
  • Defended multiple challenges to development projects on CEQA and other grounds before California trial and appellate courts 
  • Water rights and environmental due diligence for real estate finance companies, public agencies, and agricultural operations involving the purchase, sale, and lease of real property 
  • Prepared water rights opinions and assesments for multi-million dollar real property transactions 
  • Advised clients at all levels of the product distribution chain concerning Prop 65, including warning requirements, reformulation, preemptive sampling, and defense of litigation concerning alleged violations of Prop 65’s warning requirements. 
Thought Leadership

Mr. Quass has taught several courses as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California Law School, including Persuasive Advocacy. Mr. Quass has also authored many articles and client alerts on new developments in land use, water resources, and environmental law.

  • “California Response to COVID-19: What Hotel Owners Need to Know,” LW Environment, Land and Resources (2020)
  • “California Appeals Court: Which Conflicting Limitations Period Applies to CEQA Claim,” LW Environment, Land and Resources (2019)
  • “California Supreme Court: CEQA Requires Study of Potential Impacts to ESHA,” LW Client Alert (2017) 
  • “California Adopts Comprehensive Groundwater Basin Adjudication Law,” LW Clean Energy Law Report (2015) 
  • “EPA and Army Corps Issue Final Rule to Govern Federal Clean Water Act Jurisdiction,” LW Client Alert (2015) 
  • “Governor Brown Orders California’s First Mandatory Water Restrictions,” LW Clean Energy Law Report (2015) 
  • “Legislature Approves $1 Billion Drought Relief Legislation; Governor Brown Expected to Sign,” LW Clean Energy Law Report (2015) 
  • Co-author, “Mitigate Early and Often: Four Public Agency Strategies for Streamlining Projects,” PublicCEO, (Mar. 4, 2014) 
  • Co-author, “Fate of $7.5B Water Bond Up to Voters,” Daily Journal, (Nov. 3, 2014) 
  • Co-author, “California’s Human Right to Water Law Will Frame Future Policy Debates,” Bloomberg BNA’ s Water Law Policy & Monitor, (Mar. 2013) 
  • “Extraterritorial Jurisdiction: Extending the Reach of US Human Trafficking Law when Nations are Unable or Unwilling to Prosecute,” 2 Int’l J. Public L. & Pol’y 17 (2012) 
  • “Proxy Marriages & the Military Widow Penalty: Excluding Alien Widows of Fallen Soldiers,” 20 S. Cal. Rev. L. & Soc. Just. 501 (2011) 
  • “Federal Efforts to Achieve Mental Health Parity: A Step in the Right Direction, But Discrimination Remains,” 4 Leg. & Pol’y Br. 35 (2011)

Thought Leadership

  • California Water Law: Legal Challenges of Water Supply Assessments -  March 29, 2021
  • CEQA Case Report: 2020 Year in Review -  February 25, 2021
  • Proposed Amendments to Prop 65 Regulations Clarify and Update Proper Use of Short-Form Product Warnings -  February 15, 2021
  • California Response to COVID-19: What Hotel Owners Need to Know  -  March 30, 2020
  • New Amendments to Prop 65 Regulations Aim to Clarify Warning Responsibility -  March 09, 2020
  • CEQA Case Report: Understanding the Judicial Landscape for Development — Full Report -  May 17, 2019
  • New York to Consider Imposing California Proposition 65-Like Labeling Requirements -  April 16, 2019
  • Recent Prop 65 Amendments Prompt Claims Against Online Alcohol Retailers in California -  April 04, 2019
  • How to Prepare for California’s Updated Prop 65 Regulations … 60-Second Overview  -  August 30, 2018
  • How to Prepare for California’s Prop 65 Update: Part 4  -  August 28, 2018
  • How to Prepare for California’s Updated Prop 65 Regulations: Part 3 -  August 09, 2018
  • How to Prepare for California’s Updated Prop 65 Regulations: Part 2 -  July 27, 2018
  • California WaterFix: an Historic Vote Is a Major Step Forward -  July 23, 2018
  • How to Prepare for California’s Updated Prop 65 Regulations: Part 1 -  July 16, 2018
  • CEQA Case Report Year in Review 2017: Understanding the Judicial Landscape for Development -  June 13, 2018
  • California Court of Appeal Approves Environmental Analysis for Oil Refinery Propane Recovery Project  -  May 01, 2018
  • California Court of Appeal Upholds City’s General Plan Update Against CEQA Challenge  -  February 27, 2018
  • California Supreme Court: CEQA Requires Study of Potential Impacts to ESHA -  April 04, 2017
  • Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board Approves Second Extension to Malibu Septic Prohibition Deadlines -  February 13, 2017
  • Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Clean Water Rule Case Jurisdictional Challenge -  February 06, 2017
  • A Look At New EPA Composite Wood Formaldehyde Limits -  January 31, 2017
  • Environmental Protection Agency Adopts National Limits on Formaldehyde Exposure for Composite Wood Products  -  January 18, 2017
  • California Supreme Court Addresses CEQA Supplemental Review; Rejects “New Project” Test -  October 03, 2016
  • Clean Energy Law Report: California Supreme Court Addresses Subsequent Review Under CEQA; Rejects Lishman “New Project” Test  -  September 21, 2016
  • Clean Energy Law Report: California Court of Appeal Partially Upholds Air Quality Thresholds of Significance Following State Supreme Court Decision -  August 26, 2016
  • Proposed Rule from U.S. Department of the Interior Increases Pressure on Coal Mining Industry -  November 01, 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Sixth Circuit Stays Obama Administration’s New Clean Water Rule Nationwide -  October 15, 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: California Adopts Comprehensive Groundwater Basin Adjudication Law  -  October 13, 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Federal Judge Grants Injunction Blocking Clean Water Rule From Taking Effect  -  September 03, 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Proposed Rule from US Department of the Interior Increases Pressure on Coal Mining Industry -  July 30, 2015
  • EPA and Army Corps Issue Final Rule to Govern Federal Clean Water Act Jurisdiction -  June 09, 2015
Recognized as a Southern California Rising Star for Land Use and Zoning.Super Lawyers 2018 - 2020
Bar Qualification
  • California
Education
  • JD, University of Southern California, 2011
    Order of the Coif
  • BA, University of California, Davis, 2005
Industries
  • Retail & Consumer Products
  • Energy & Infrastructure
Practices
  • Water Quality
  • Project Siting & Approvals
  • Environment, Land & Resources
  • Product Liability, Mass Torts & Consumer Class Actions
  • Environmental Litigation